Barnes Foundation. Photo by Tom Crane and Benajmin Riley.
Whether you’re starved for culture or just need a virtual change up, several area museums offer exhibits that can be explored online while the physical spaces are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Take virtual tours of this Dover museum, thanks to its extensive collection of online videos. The narrated segments offer insights into the displayed works. You’ll almost think you’re on a docent-led tour.
406 Federal St., Dover, (302) 674-2111.
Spanning centuries, the Delaware Art Museum’s collections are partially available to view online. Segmented by category—which includes American illustration, Copeland Sculpture Garden and Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood—visitors can see and learn about the works of art, when they were created and discover more about the artist.
2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, (302) 571-9590.
Explore Delaware history through a number of online videos. Topics range from yearbooks of yore to documents and clothing. The society also has an online exhibit dedicated to African American faith in the first state.
505 N. Market St., Wilmington, (302) 655-7161.
Archives and collections are plentiful on Hagley’s website, giving visitors a good luck into the past. Explore slides from Alexis du Pont, discover an oral history of brewing or meander state fairs from the last century.
200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, (302) 658-2400.
Home to nearly 90,000 artifacts, Winterthur contains one of the finest collections of American arts in the world. Visitors don’t need to explore the sprawling mansion and grounds to get a sense for the pieces, though. A digital museum collection offers a number of exhibitions, ranging from needlepoint to furniture to maps.
5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, (302) 888-4600.
Experience beautiful, native landscapes while exploring nine different paths leading from the formal gardens of a du Pont mansion through stunning vistas, intimate woodlands, lush meadows and more. Virtual tours of this botanical garden span spring, summer and fall, totaling 27 tours in all.
3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin, (302) 239-4244
Founded by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922, the Barnes Foundation features a wide range of works, from modern to impressionistic paintings, sculptures, furniture and more. Online visitors can discover the extensive collection, which can be filtered by colors, lines, light and space, or by keyword. Among the extraordinary works are pieces by renowned artists Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Mattise and Vincent Van Gogh. Learn about the history of the work, where it is in the museum and more.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, (215) 278-7000.
A number of the Haverford art center’s previous exhibits can found online for visitors to explore for free. Among the offerings are the Young Artists Awards from 2018, which features an array of vibrant works from area youth, including what school they attended and how old they were at the time. Mytopia: Panorama 2015 is an especially fun gallery thanks to creations from the visually impaired, plus landscapes from near (see if you can spot Chanticleer) and far.
746 Panmure Road, Haverford, (610) 525-0272.
With an impressive range of over 30,000 artifacts, the National Museum of American Jewish History has lots to explore. Spanning over 350 years of American Jewish history, online visitors can experiencing the exhibits Chasing Dreams and one dedicated to iconic composer, author and pianist Leonard Bernstein. Both have components that make it feel like you’re in the museum, adding to the experience.
101 S. Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, (215) 923-3811.
Founded in 1954, the Rosenbach features comprehensive exhibits inspired by rare books, manuscripts and the decorative arts. Online, visitors can virtually explore select items from some of the museum’s collections, which range from American literature to furniture, lighting and textiles to miniature portraits.
2008-2010 Delancy Place, Philadelphia, (215) 732-1600.
Focused on Philadelphia area artists, Woodmere offers select exhibition catalogues for free viewing online, giving visitors a look at both the artwork and its history. Prefer to hear about art? Catch the museum’s podcast, “Diving Board,” online, too.
9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, (215) 247-0476.